Women understand the value of a good education

March 21, 2013

It is rather intuitive that education is the basis for success. Despite the fact that education grants for parents would be an excellent first step in this direction, research shows that more women than men see the value of going to school. 

More women respond positively
A 2011 Pew Research Report by Wendy Wang and Kim Parker shows that while only 37 percent of males graduating from college give the higher education system in America good marks, half of female graduates do so. This positive response, according to the report, comes from the personal growth women felt upon finishing school. 

The Pew Report also notes that in surveying a representative group of American adults, 77 percent believe a college degree is a necessity for women, while only 68 percent feel that it is for men. As education is seen as a credential specifically necessary for women, females may gain satisfaction through completing school. 

Moving up in the workplace
In the wake of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," female attitudes toward rising career-wise have gained momentum. Sandberg's inspiration has been evident in the way female advocacy groups, such as Leading Women, have used the book to push women to their potential.

Susan L. Colantuono, founder of Leading Women, explains how women can logistically rise through the workplace in the way that Sandberg suggests. She pushes for a four-part corporate strategy to do this.

One of the things Colantuono underlines is the need for women to gain strategic business and financial skills in order for them to really move up and become potential leaders. 

"We hope that organizations that truly care about women's advancement create a more comprehensive strategy to ensure that top talent is developed, " she said in a Leading Women statement.

Women enter college, despite expense
The sort of guidance Colantuono refers to can also be administered through proper education. Financial aid for mothers and scholarships for parents get women on this path. One issue that the Pew Report does cite is that more women than men believe that college is unaffordable. Due to this expense, scholarships are often crucial. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2009, 38 percent of students enrolled in college were over the age of 25. The NCES also predicted that between 2007 and 2018, this number will either remain constant or increase. 

It is clear that adults on the whole are taking the initiative and getting their degrees. The fact that more women value this education, despite its cost, instills the positive attitude that will help them emerge in the working world. 

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